Deals Shaping the Medical Industry (6/07)
The dealmaking column is a survey of recent transactions, including strategic alliances, mergers & acquisitions, and financings, in the life sciences industries. Deals are listed by the following industry sectors: in vitro diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and research/analytical instrumentation and reagents. All transactions are excerpted from Windhover's Strategic Transactions database, providing comprehensive transaction coverage from 1991 to the present.
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Higher logistics and energy costs are putting medtech P&Ls under pressure, and compliance with the EU MDR is draining any remaining surplus. Sustainability compliance is another cost to factor in, says BVMed chief executive Marc-Pierre Möll in part 2 of his interview with Medtech Insight at Medica 2023.
The largest shareholder in major Japanese pharma firm Taisho, the founding Uehara family, intends to smooth the way to the restructuring and expansion of the business by acquiring and delisting all of its stock. The nearly $5bn size of the deal would makes it the biggest management buyout in Japanese corporate history.